In case you didn’t know, thin is in! It looks like it’s not just Apple and Samsung fighting for the crown of the thinnest phone, or in this case, tablet. Sony has just announced its new tablet, the Xperia Z, which comes in at just 6.9mm thin. The Xperia Z will feature a 1920 x 1200 resolution display, still below Apple’s Retina display on the iPad, but Sony says that the Z will feature their Mobile Bravia Engine 2, which is fancy talk for “it will enhance images and video.” The engine behind this tablet is the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.5GHz quad-core processor (APQ8064-28nm), it will also come running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean, although not the latest version) and be backed up by a 6,000mAh battery for some lengthy use.
The Xperia Z will also feature a nice mobile camera, an 8.1-megapixel shooter with Sony’s Exmore R Sensor, which is great for low-light photos, which should be great for those of you toting a tablet around in the dark. Sony’s decided to include NFC in the Z, so users will be able to use features like Android Beam and presumably, Google Wallet (depending on your internet carrier). While no carriers have been announced, the Xperia Z will come equipped with LTE and come in two colors, black and white, when it makes its debut in Japan this Spring.
Sony made no mention of a Stateside release, but we wouldn’t rule it out, despite the fact that Sony’s previous tablet efforts have all but failed to catch on here in the U.S.